“Organized” and “artist” don’t usually go together. Creative types are more often seen as sensitive, melodramatic, eccentric, misunderstood, and the like. To those who have been labeled in this way, Sam Bennett says, “Congratulations! You’re an artist.” And through the Organized Artist Company, she has coached hundreds of artists to overcome procrastination, lack of focus, and time-sucking habits so that they can get their art done and out into the world. Bennett explains why “procrastination is genius in disguise” and then prescribes dozens of wonderfully revelatory exercises — such as making a “My Heroes” list and “could-do” lists (because Bennett finds to-do lists too dictatorial) — each of which requires only a fifteen-minute commitment. She gives readers practical, real-world tips, such as how to recognize who they should not talk to about their projects and when research has created Analysis Paralysis. Each of the tools she offers shifts the reader’s thinking and prompts the kind of insights that have the power to turn underperforming geniuses into accomplished artists.
“An instant classic, essential reading for anyone who wants to make a ruckus.”
— Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception
“Sam Bennett is refreshing in her positivity and achieves something rare — a how-to book that is funny and entertaining to read, and makes you feel good! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go write an Oscar-winning screenplay. Or clean my room. One of the two — I’ll figure it out.”
— Rachel Dratch, actor, Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock
“As someone who is both organized and an artist, I can supremely recommend this innovative, effective, wildly enjoyable book. You will easily ‘get it done’ with your focused genius and all that you’ll learn and experience in these pages and in your life.”
— SARK, artist and author of Glad No Matter What